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VOL. 12, NO. 2 North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, N.C. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4,1996 Cox named Academic Dean By TEQUILA MOORE Dr. Mary Ruth Cox was re cently named the new Vice Presi dent and Academic Dean of North Carohna Wesleyan College. She was also given a tenured appointment as professor of En glish. Cox comes to the school from Hobart and William Smith Col lege where she held the position of Assistant Provost. Cox received her undergradu- Dunn Center to host state dance group The North Carolina Dance Theatre, North Carolina’s only professional ballet company, will perform this Friday at 8 p.m. in the Dunn Center for the Perform ing Arts. Tickets are $14 for the re served section, $12 general ad mission, and $ 10 for students and senior citizens. The Dance Theatre’s program will include four contemporary dance pieces: Salvatore Aiello’s “Piano Concerto #1,” danced to music by Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer; John Clifford’s “Fantasies,” to music by Ralph Vaughn Williams; “Es cargot,” choreographed by Louis Falco, known for his work on the movie “Fame;” and “Rubies,” a dance for two choreographed by George Balanchine, danced to the music of Igor Stravinksy. The company has historically stood at the forefront of the na tional dance scene. In addition to successful New York appearances and two European tours. North Carolina Dance Theatre has per formed at major dance festivals, including the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.; the American Dance Festival; and the Aspen Dance Festival. Currently the company is un der the leadership of Artistic Di rector Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Associate Artistic Directors (Continued on Back Page) ate degree at Indiana Wesleyan College. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in English at Oklahoma State University. She held sev eral positions at Bartlesville Wesleyan College. These posi tions were English, humanities, and writing professor, and she became the Chairwoman of Hu manities. In 1991, she was the Assistant Dean at University of Minnesota, Morris. She later relocated in 1993, where she held her admin istrative position at Hobart and William College. In her speech during Opening Convocations on Sept. 9, Cox noted that the year the Class of 2000 earns their degree “will be the year that all of humankind will cross a significant boundary of time that holds both great promise and great uncertainty.” Noting that Wesleyan is a lib eral arts college, Cox said that liberal arts “is a type of education that helps ensure that the citizens LEAVING — Jane Wampler, working at her desk in the Wellness Center, is due to leave in November. (Photo by Karolyn Braun.) Wampler to leave state next month By MONICA ALSTON Wesleyan’s Wellness Center staff members have exf>erienced considerable turnover with the absence of Dr. Evans Harrell, the psychologist who left during May this year, and now the announce ment that the nurse’s secretary and good friend, Mrs. Roberta J. Wampler, is leaving Wesleyan in November to move out of state. Mrs. Wampler is better known throughout Wesleyan campus as Jane, her middle name. It has been four years since she came from Harrisburg, Pa., in August of 1992 to join her many friends of fac ulty, staff, and students she’s cre ated thus far. When asked of the influence that Wampler has had on the cen ter, Student Life counselor Betty Ann Whisnant described her as a “wonderfully talented coworker with the ability to make students feel at ease.” Describing her work experi- (Continued on Back Page) of a free society know enough, and understand enough, and ques tion enough, and learn to be re sponsible enough, to remain free.” Cox told students that the fac ulty, staff, and program of the college “are dedicated to the task of helping each (student) develop as a free citizen in the world, ready to assume leadership and responsibility wherever you choose to live and work in the next centuiy and the next millen nium.” DEAN MARY RUTH COX Gibbons shares from unfinished work at reading By JESSICA BROWN Author Kaye Gibbons read from an unfinished, never-before heard manuscript before a crowd of about 200 people in the Pow ers Recital Hall on Sept. 24. She filled the hour-long read ing with humor which the audi ence enjoyed. An award-winning writer. Gib bons has written five novels, Ellen Foster, Sights Unseen, A Cure For Dream, A Virtuous Woman, and Charms of An Easy Life. “What I write is realism. I write in my imagination to create reality,” said Gibbons. She told the audience that she enjoys re searching for her books, and that she researched the unfinished novel for a year. Three out of five of her works are set in history. Gibbons’ novels all concentrate on language, which she feels is the heart of any work. The manuscript she read was about Emma Garnett, a woman who grows up in the early 1800’s in Chesapeake, Va. While read ing, Gibbons would stop to ex plain how she came up with char acter names, mostly all of which came from real people around the Rocky Mount area. “Emma Garnett is my gynecologist’s wife’s name, and I like her so much that I named the main character after her,” she said. She also joked early in the evening that “If I sign a book for you tonight and you have an in teresting name I’ll give you 50 cents for it.” In the story, Emma will even tually marry and move to Tar- boro to begin a plantation with her husband, said Gibbons, al though she has not yet written that far. “I’ve put Rocky Mount in many of my previous books, and now I am going to move to Tar- boro. I know nothing about it, and I am going to make it up,” Gibbons joked with the audience. Hallmark is currently working on production of a television spe cial of Ellen Foster. Gibbons said she had no part in it, and that it is due out in early spring of next year. After completing her current work. Gibbons plans to write a novel based on the Great Influ enza FniHf^mio n*" ' O n ' O ] g

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